The LG VS910 popularly called LG Revolution is the latest Android 4G LTE phone available at Verizon. Apart from the similar to competing 4G LTE phones, this is the first one which comes with Netflix support. Excited? Let us have a quick look at this new phone!
The LG Revolution has a gorgeous 4.3” TFT capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 800×480 pixels which is capable of displaying 16.7 M colors.
On the top of the screen are a proximity sensor which turns off screen when the phone is held close to the ear while in call and a 1.3 MP camera for video calls. Below the screen are 4 buttons typical to today’s Android device – Menu, Home, Back and Search. The bottom is metallic like we have seen in recently released Android phones from LG.
The back of the phone has an aperture for the microphone at the top right side and a metallic perforated grill where the speakers are placed. It has that familiar strip with LG, Verizon and 4G LTE logos and a 5 MP camera. Although, it would have been nice if an 8 MP camera had been put, considering the specifications of this phone. The camera features autofocus and is also accompanied by a LED flash. The photos taken from the camera are clear, even in slightly lower light conditions, thanks to the LED flash. The autofocus works well. The camera can record up to 720p resolution videos. The videos recorded were found to be sharp and clear.
The phone is 0.52” thin which is about the same as the other 4G LTE phones available from Verizon. The phone weighs just 172 gm and has dimensions of 5.03″ (H) x 2.63″ (W) and fits snugly into your hand and feels rugged. On the right side of the phone are a volume rocker and a HDMI out port. On the left side of a phone is a mini USB port. On the top of the phone are a 3.5 mm audio jack and a Power/Lock button. At the bottom of the phone is another aperture for microphone.
Opening the back cover of the phone reveals a SIM slot with 4G LTE SIM and a microSD slot which supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. The phone comes with a 16 GB microSD cards preinstalled. The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh battery which easily lasts for a single day with typical usage. However, watching Netflix movies will drain the battery faster depending on your brightness settings and the duration of the movie.
The phone is not shy on performance as it is powered by a single core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor and has 16 GB internal memory. It runs Android v2.2 (Froyo) which can be upgraded to Android v2.3. The UI feels snappy and fast. The phone supports MP4, H.264, H.263, DivX video formats and MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ audio formats. The video playback is crisp and glitch free. The audio playback is loud enough on speaker and supplied earphones are of good quality.
The phone has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and can act as a mobile hotspot. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth v3.0 EDR with A2DP, microUSB v2.0. The phone also supports DLNA which allows you to stream media to/from other devices.
The 4G LTE performance is on par with other 4G LTE phones reviewed earlier with download speeds are between 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps while the upload speeds are between 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps. However, Netflix performance was less than satisfactory as the video playback was rough with pixilated edges.
LG Revolution is a good 4G LTE phone with good hardware and performance. However, the phone does not do well with Netflix playback which was supposed to be the second selling point for this phone after 4G LTE support. This is a software issue and hopefully, future updates will fix it.
Also, since the phone supports Netflix, it could have done with a higher capacity battery to enhance battery life.
The phone is available for $559.99 with a month to month service plan or for $249.99 with a 2-year service contract at Verizon.